Our new Deeppro Systems Dome Port Underwater Housing was designed for the GoPro® Hero line of cameras. This housing supports the new Hero 4, as well as Hero3+ and 3 line of cameras.
Now Get Amazing 4k Extreme Wide Angle Video at Half the Budget and at Half the Size:
Our DeepPro Domed underwater housing for the GoPro Hero 4 4K camera puts professional grade 4K video features and extreme wide imaging capabilities into your hands at a very affordable budget. To approach the same type of extreme wide angle video look any other system will cost you around $5000 for a camera, lens, housing and dome. Our Deeppro Domed GoPro housing paired with your Hero4 Black camera and LCD Back gets you into the game at less than half the total cost.
The DeepPro Domed GoPro Underwater Housing has several unique features:
- Optics are optimized for underwater using a concentric dome port / diopter system. The optics allow you to realize the GoPro’s in air Field of View (FOV) while underwater.
- Obtain a 33% wider and taller image image underwater with our dome port housing vs. any flat port GoPro housing.
- Easy to use all mechanical camera controls which that are optimal for divers wearing thick diving gloves Controls are unaffected by increasing water pressure. Three controls provided support the following camera functions: 1)Power /On/Off/ Setup Menu access; 2) Record Start / Stop; 3) LCD Touch Bacpac Power /On/Off/Playback
- Depth rated to 450 feet / 139 meters
- Improved image sharpness and contrast at the frame edges compared to any flat port housing.
- The minimum focus distance has now been reduced to around 6 inches away.
- There’s no vignetting (corner darkening) at any imaging mode; still, video, 4:3, 16;9, Wide and SuperView® modes.
- A pre-threaded and pre plugged accessory port is already in place for later adding a bulkhead fitting. This port can be used to support a cable feed for HDMI output to a External Monitor / Recorder, or for a vacuum leak checking system.
- Supports internal installation of high quality glass 77mm Color Correcting (CC) filters inside the dome chamber for maximum optical quality. No vignetting with a filter installed.
- The Dome chamber is isolated from the camera compartment and is purged with dry nitrogen to help reduce condensation.
- The Camera chamber has desiccant packs pre installed to help reduce condensation.
- Machined from 6061 Aluminum barstock, features a black dull Hard Anodized and sealed finish. Stainless Steel hardware.
- Multiple top and bottom female 1/4-20 mounting holes to support various mounting scenarios.
- Includes a robust dual handle “tray” for mounting video light arms, and a protective dome lens cap.
- 2 Year warranty. Factory service option exists with a renewable warranty.
- Supports GoPro Models: Hero4, Hero3+ and Hero3 any color edition.
Now Record 33% Wider Video Underwater with the GoPro:
Our new DeepPro housing for the GoPro® was designed around the concentric dome port optical system which eliminates the image distortion normally experienced with a flat port underwater housing. With our housing, you will film wider and sharper images.
The stock GoPro housing’s flat port housing design has some optical limitations underwater. In fact, any flat port used on any underwater camera housing will experience roughly a 33% reduction in the camera’s “in air” Field of View (FOV) when placed in water. This is due to light refraction and distortion caused by the flat port interacting with the water and air surfaces. Its just the physics of underwater optics that occurs with any flat port housing. This is the same effect you observe while wearing a diving mask; a narrower view and objects appear closer.
Our Concentric dome system underwater restores back to the GoPro the in air Field of View (FOV). That’s right, using the DeepPro Domed housing you will realize that GoPro signature wide angle look underwater. The dome port makes your images about 33% wider and taller. The “concentric dome” system is well proven and has been used for many years on much larger and more expensive underwater housings. Deeppro Systems is the first to implement a concentric dome optical system into a housing for the GoPro. This is the primary reasons to purchase this housing; to shoot the higher quality and wider video using the GoPro platform.
Take a look at our Videos page for a side by side comparison of actual video taken with our water corrected domed housing to the stock flat port GoPro housing. You will see the amazing difference for yourself.
Record Sharper Images with the GoPro:
A flat port housing optical design also introduces Chromatic Aberration (CA) (the color splitting of the light) caused by the light passing through the flat glass at the extreme angles. This effect results in a subtle “blurring” or softening of the image at the frame edge. Because GoPro cameras are extreme wide angle cameras by design, the CA distortion is most noticeable when a GoPro is housed behind any flat port housing and recording at the widest settings such as Wide or Superview modes.
Our concentric dome port system significantly reduces this CA distortion. You will see an image that looks sharper and has improved contrast.
Closer Focusing Underwater:
Another great benefit of our concentric dome port design is that the minimum focus distance is now reduced to about 6 inches from the camera lens. Normally, a GoPro behind a flat port has a minimum focus distance of around 12 inches. The dome system’s built in close up diopter plus the physics of the Concentric Dome optics result in a much closer minimum focusing distance.
Click on the image below to enlarge the examples. The subject in both images were the same distance from the lens, about six inches away. The left image was shot with a stock flat port GoPro housing and the image is too close to be sharply resolved. The image on the right was taken with our Dome port housing and the subject is in sharper focus. Click on the below images to see larger.
No Vignetting and 100% Full Frame:
We’ve also made sure that there is no “vignetting” (corner darkening) in our housing. Our DeepPro Domed Housing captures full frame and edge to edge at every GoPro still and video mode including; 4:3 Wide (149 degree FOV), 17 :9 Wide (139 degree FOV), 16:9 Wide (133 degree FOV), and also the the SuperView® mode (170 degrees… I think).
DeepPro Housing + GoPro = Shoot Like a Pro!
Professional underwater filmmakers know that the closer you can get to your subject the better the image will look. When you get closer you’ll experience more vivid colors from your video lights; there is less particulate matter in the water to cause light back scatter; and you’ll see improved subject contrast and sharpness. Closer is always better when filming underwater.
Since our GoPro domed housing provides a much wider FOV and closer focusing capability you’ll be able to move closer to your subject and obtain a better looking image.
Tech Divers will love the Smaller Housing Size with Less Drag:
If you are a technical diver and want to capture a high quality extreme wide angle video during those demanding deep dives you will love diving with the GPH3 housing. It’s about half the volume of a medium sized camera housing and is much smaller than a “big rig” system. The benefit is a housing easier to dive with, less drag and exertion to operate at depth. In your hands the unit is about the size of a soccer ball. It’s slightly negative underwater but has just a few ounces of negative “heft” to provide improved image stability. Yes indeed, this unit is larger than the “stock” GoPro housing, but its half the size of more expensive mid sized housings.
An Airline Friendly Sized Housing:
Now you can now easily pack a housing, a camera, the handle tray, a pair of video lights, arm hardware and lots of accessories will now easily fit into one carry on sized bag. This smaller sized system is a joy to travel with. The unit weights about 4 lbs out of water.
Now you can finally Operate your GoPro’s buttons, even while wearing Gloves:
The DeepPro GoPro housing features robust, all mechanical large lever style controls which are easily operated while wearing thick dive gloves. Neoprene or drysuit style dry gloves have no problem operating this housing! Each control has a spring return mechanism to give you positive feedback when depressed. There are three controls which give you access to the following camera functions:
- Power On/Off/Setup Menu button,
- Record Start/Stop button,
- LCD BacPac monitor power On/Off/Review button.
- (Note: access to the WiFi On/Off button is not supported)
Take Full Creative Control and also Improve Your GoPro Camera’s Battery Run Time:
In the past while using the stock housing, because of the difficulties of operating the buttons while wearing gloves, I resigned myself to beginning the camera recording at the start of a dive and left it recording for an entire dive. If the LCD back was installed and running my GoPro battery stopped working after about 50 minutes.
Because our DeepPro housing’s features large controls you now have the ability to take control of the camera during the dive. I now selectively record subjects. No longer do I let the recording capture run all the time. I’ve discovered that by starting and stopping the recording selectively that my camera’s battery runs longer. It seems to consume a little less power. I now get over an hour of battery life, with a couple of bars remaining even with the LCD back turned on.
The easy to use controls allow you to access the setup menu and adjust the exposure metering from average to spot, or to change recording modes from video to still, or to change aspect ratios, or to change the white balance etc. Now you can experiment and tailor the camera settings to the needs of the situation while underwater.
And there is also a control to allow you to power off the LCD back sould you decide to conserve power, or us it to review and playback your video clips while underwater.
Go Deep with the DeepPro:
The DeepPro GPH3 Domed housing was built for depth and tested to 450 feet / 139 meters. All controls on the GPH3 housing use a “rotational” design as well. You actually “toggle” the spring backed levers to depress camera buttons. This rotational design eliminates the chance that water pressure will induced a false control input at extreme depth. Tech divers will love this feature and can be confident that the controls on the DeepPro Domed housing will operate just as properly at 400 feet as they do at 40 feet.
Precision Construction and Materials:
The GPH3 housing is tough and is CNC machined from blocks of aircraft grade 6061-T6 Aluminum, We finish the parts with with a Type III Hard Anodize coating, a sealed finish for maximum corrosion protection. The housing is a dull Black inside and out to reduce stray light reflections from spoiling your images. All hardware is stainless steel or plastic and all controls are mechanically operated for “robust” reliability. All small control set screws are “locktite” secured so that they don’t vibrate loose during transport and we also use stainless spring loaded “locking” type latches on the housing so there are no accidents underwater.
The dome port is made from a High Definition Video grade Polycarbonate dome plus we’ve factory installed a custom made glass Anti-Reflection (AR) coated correction diopter . This is part of the Dome Port system.
Our No Fog Solution is Simple and effective:
All underwater housings are prone to condensation forming on the inside. If you open the housing inside a humid dive boat or an air conditioned hotel room might introduce condensation formation inside the housing which could spoil your images. Condensation is a fact of life for underwater housings and you must have a strategy to combat it. We’ve pre mounted inside the camera chamber Silica Gel desiccant packs to help combat condensation formation.
Also, the housing’s dome chamber has been isolated from the camera compartment and this dome chamber is purged with dry nitrogen which also helps minimize condensation formation.
Multiple Mounting Options:
Both the top and the bottom surfaces of the housing have two 1/4-20 female threaded mounting holes on each surface, four holes in total. Mount the housing on a scooter; mount it from the top on a long pole; secure an external monitor or our external battery pod. You get the idea.
Options for Future Growth and Customization:
The DeepPro GPH3 housing also comes with one (1) 7/16-20 UNF threaded and plugged accessory port that will allow you to add a bulkhed fitting to external hookups. This is to allow connection to an external DC Battery Power Pod or an external HDMI monitor or recording device. This port can also be used to install a vacuum leak detection system as well.
Add Color Correcting (CC) Filters Inside the Housing:
Our dome port design supports the adding a screw in 77mm CC filter inside the dome chamber. 77mm filters will not obscure the image corners at any imaging mode. We can furnish filters, or send us your favorite CC filter and we will install if for you, or do it yourself if you are mechanically inclined.
Worth mentioning: The DeepPro domed GoPro housing was designed with the optics as the primary design element. In order to obtain the best best possible image we have purposely obscured the camera’s front blinking “recording light”. We did that to eliminate the recording light from being reflected off the inside of the dome and spoiling your image. This means that to get the most out of your GoPro we highly recommend you install the GoPro LCD Backpack so that you can see what you are recording and make camera setting changes. Its not required, but extremely useful.
Coming Soon: Supplemental Internal LIPO Battery
This supplemental battery cell allows the camera fitted with the LCD Touchback screen to be powered up for about double the normal recording time. It saves you from having to open the housing in between dives, or is great for powering the camera on one very long dive.
This small unit snugly fits inside the GPH3 Domed housing along side the camera and plugs into the camera’s USB connector and emulates having your camera on a charge. It tricks the camera to think it is on a wall charger and provides a trickle charge during your dive topping off the camera’s internal battery. The net result is longer run time. See the LIPO Battery Cell page for more info.
What Comes in the Box:
The DeepPro GoPro Domed Housing ships complete along with a simple and robust dual handle mounting tray. Each handle has a 1/4-20 mounting hole on the top for affixing 3rd party video light arm accessories such as our BigBlue line of video lights.
The housing also comes supplied with a “petal type” protective lens shade. This shade protects the dome from accidental bumps as well as keeping stray light from spoiling your images. You can remove the lens shade to streamline the unit if needed.
We also include a large fitted vinyl dome cap as well. I recommend that you always take the lens cap along during dives to protect the dome. I enter and exit the water with the cap in place to protect the dome from careless deckhands.
Two Desiccant packs are also included and pre installed. We also include an extra main body o-ring as well.
Two Year Warranty on all Housings:
We at DeepPro Systems take pride in our products and want them to work out of the box and for many years after. We offer a two year limited warranty on our underwater housings. (See the Warranty page for details)
Did you know that most underwater camera housing floods occur in just a few inches of water?
That’s why we test every housing at both shallow and deep pressure ratings. Then we put every assembled housing through a 12 inch and 200 feet water tank test and test for leaks. The units have been designed and tested up to 450 feet depth.
Service your Housing and Extend Your Warranty:
For an additional fee the original owner of the housing may return their housing to the factory for service. The housing will be cleaned, all o-rings get replaced and lubricated, controls are adjusted and functional tested made for your actual camera, and also we do an in water pressure leak test. This factory service will give you piece of mind but also extends the limited warranty for an additional two (2) years. See the warranty section for details. We recommend that you ship your camera along with the housing so that we can adjust the controls to your camera. Contact us before shipping your camera to us for packing instructions and payment instructions.
Replacement Dome ports and o-rings are also available for “in the field” repairs. There’s nothing worse than being half way around the globe on a filming expedition and scratching the dome on the first day. If you are mechanically inclined carry along an extra dome so you can replace it yourself. Of course, if you decide to replace domes and o-rings yourself we recommend that you perform a water check without a camera installed and self made repairs will affect warranty exclusions too.
Also, if you have a favorite CC filter that you plan to always dive with send it to us and we will install the CC filter into your unit at no extra charge. (You supply the filter and pay all shipping charges.)
Depth Rating: 450 feet /139 meters
Weight in Air: Housing only: 3.25 lbs. With Handle Bar: 4.0 lbs.
Weight in Water: Housing only: about 6 oz negative, with handle bar about 8 ounces negative.
Minimum Focus Distance: Appx. 6 inches
Field Of View (FOV) Vignetting (no corner cutoff): All Hero3+ camera imaging modes are supported with no vignetting.
Internal Filter Size: 77mm
Size: Housing Only: Appx: 6″ x 5″ x 5.5″ or 153mm x 127mm x 140mm
Supported Camera Models: GoPro Hero4, 3+, 3 any color edition. LCD Touch Back highly recommended.
Accessories: 7/16-20 bulkhead gland for a cable out to a HDMI feed.
Mounting Options: Both top and bottom 2 x per surface, 1/4-20 female mounting holes. 4 total.
Includes: Protective Dome cap, handle/ tray, Housing, 2 desiccants. Extra main body o-ring. Camera is not included.
Warranty: 2 year limited. Renewable with a factory service.
Note: The Optical design is optimized for underwater, images taken in air will be slightly out of focus.
The GPH3 Dome Underwater Housing is available direct from Deeppro Systems, we are the manufacture. The GPH3BATTCELL supplemental internal battery is available for pre order on our website. We expect to ship those in early November 2014.
Where to Buy:
At present DeepPro products are only sold direct from the us, the US manufacturer. We sell direct to you the diver via our secure online store which saves you money. Click here to visit our online store. During the check out process all sensitive information is transmitted via HTTPS secure protocol.
Price: $1149.95 USD (GoPro® Hero 4, 3+, 3 camera and LCD Touch Bacpac is not included. Shipping charges are extra. Supplmental Li-ION battery is not included. See our Sales Policy page for more information. Buyer pays actual freight costs and any taxes. International buyers please email me to get a shipping cost quote. International customers pay any taxes and duties.)
Some Other Legal Stuff: GoPro®, the Hero® line of products, SuperView®, LCD Touch Bacpac and any other items I may have forgot to mention are all trademarks of the amazing GoPro Company. Also worth noting, some images shown on this website might be of prototype units. The final configuration of the housing, tray mounting methods, control alignment, port locations, are subject to change. We continually keep improving our design … but any changes will be improvements rest assured.